• Cheryl Hutchens

Bifurcate selected for Waterhouse Prize

My work Bifurcate has been selected for inclusion in the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize 2018, showing at the South Australian Museum from 8 June - 5 August 2018. The work was an experiment exploring the idea of biological complexity, one string of beads was continually split in two until a complex circular branching structure was formed. Complex branching structures are common in the biological world: vascular systems, nervous systems, bronchi and bronchioles. The evolutionary tree of life is similarly structured, mapping out the complexity of all living organisms from a single cell to warm blooded mammals. Life growing, branching, developing in ever-increasing complexity. This work ponders the fragility of the human body, the multitudinous minute detail of function required to sustain it, and our place in the biological world. See the prize website here.